Author Archives: Bex Outram, Assistant Reserve Manager

Beautiful Butterflies

Small Tortoiseshell (left) and Painted Lady (right) Peacock (left) and Speckled Wood (right) Thursday 21st May comments: Butterflies are far less diverse than moths, in total the Isle of May has recorded 16 different species of butterfly compared to 250 … Continue reading

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Creatures of the Night

Monday 18th May comments: Over the last twenty years island residents have been recording all the different moth species that appear on the Isle of May. This is done through ‘moth trapping’ during the night when moths are drawn to … Continue reading

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Seal Weekend

Thursday 26th September comments: As the end of September gains closer so does the end of the visitor season. This weekend will be your last chance to visit the Isle of May in 2019. To celebrate we are hosting a … Continue reading

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Art on the May

Saturday 3rd August comments: We are delighted to announce that the main Stevenson Lighthouse will now be open every day! An extraordinary chance to see inside one of Scotland’s most elaborate lighthouses, with curved doors to brass fittings. You can … Continue reading

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A Tern out for the books

Saturday 27th July comments: After a poor season last year for terns the tables have turned and they are having a great season this year. Numbers of pairs have increased for both Common and Arctic Terns and they are having … Continue reading

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Kittiwake and Shag Population Figures

  Monday 15th July comments: The Isle of May Kittiwakes have increased this season, an increase of 22% to 3,061 breeding pairs. This is a welcome rise after the breeding population suffered a decline in 2018. This ‘kind-faced’ gull builds … Continue reading

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And the counts are in….

Sunday 23rd June comments: It’s that time of year when we can reveal the results of our population counts here on the Isle of May. Today we start with the Auks; Razorbills and Guillemots. Probably the hardest to count as … Continue reading

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